by Direct Compactor

It’s no surprise that most of us know the importance of recycling and its impact on the environment. The use of recycling bins in communities throughout the country and the world has helped prevent immeasurable tons of materials from being thrown into landfills. It’s also crucial for businesses, schools, and other high-waste organizations to control their recycling b investing in balers and compactors for recyclable materials like cardboard, paper, plastic, aluminum, and more can be baled and recycled.

You might be surprised at some of the products on our list of what can be recycled and what can’t. Especially if you’re not currently practicing good recycling habits, you might be unaware of valuables that you and your business are throwing away.

The lack of recycling knowledge leads to a considerable amount of unnecessary (and expensive) waste. Let’s talk about what can be recycled and baled using recycling banners. 

Here’s What You Should Know About What Can Be Recycled

Did you know that you can bale blankets or even bottles and cans that still have liquid in them? Many different recyclable materials can be compacted and baled, and sent to a recycling facility. Take a look at our list below, and then let us know about your baling and compacting needs.

Cardboard, Newspaper, and Paper

We thought we’d start with an obvious one. There are probably a dozen different baler options to choose from when it comes to recycling paper and cardboard, depending on your business’s size and your specific needs. We’ll help you find the right baler if you’re mainly using it for paper product recycling.


Balers have been an essential part of textile recycling for a while now. After clothes are collected, sorted, and sanitized, they can be baled. Ask us about our baling options that would work for textiles, including blankets, rugs, curtains, clothes, and more.


Did you know that tires can be compacted? Compacted and baled tires make for much easier storage and transportation. Some balers can even reduce the size by nearly 70%. Scrap tires can be recycled into tire-derived fuel, ground rubber applications, and even civil engineering applications. 


Carton recycling, low less common, is available with the right equipment. Typically there are two types of cartons, shelf-stable or refrigerated, and both can be recycled.

Full Plastic Bottles and Cans

Bottling companies can save themselves a lot of time and money when they use a baler that both drains and bales expired products in one quick step. Several different vaping options are available for extracting liquids from bottles and cans as part of the process, making it easier than ever to recycle.

Non-Ferrous Metals

Many non-ferrous (without iron) metals can be recycled, including aluminum, lead, nickel, copper, and others. If you’re dealing with these and other precious metals that need to be compacted, reach out to us today and let us help you find the right metal baler for you.

Plastics (All Types)

Most of our baling solutions can handle all types of plastic, from #1 – #7 plastic codes, which cover almost all the plastic you encounter daily – from soda bottles to food storage containers.

Which Baler Is Right For Me?

There are several factors to consider when choosing the proper baler for your recycling needs. First, you’ll have to decide or measure how many bales you’ll likely be producing on a daily basis. The number of bales produced per day is important, as some of our vertical baler equipment are best for operations that only produce around 8-10 bales a day. Larger balers like horizontal balers are better for higher volumes of bales.

Another factor to consider is your budget. Your price point is always a consideration, no matter what you’re purchasing. The bigger the baler and the more that needs to be compacted, the more that you might be required to spend.

Lastly, how much space do you have for your operations? Ensure that you consider your building’s ceiling heights and the amount of floor space available. You’ll need enough space to store and operate your compactor or baler and give it enough room if servicing is required.

For more information on our equipment options, browse through our selection, or reach out to us today and let us answer your questions. 

Closing Thoughts

We hope that our list above helped you answer the question about what can be recycled and help you start thinking about a solution to incorporate a more comprehensive recycling strategy into your enterprise. When you are recycling the items we listed, you can help make a positive difference for our environment while reducing your waste and ultimately saving your business money.

IF you have questions about which baler might be the best fist for your waste and recycling needs, reach out to us today! We would love to hear from you and learn more about your goals, how your business operates, and then find a solution that fits your budget.

If you have tons of waste and believe that a baler can help compact the trash, contact Direct Compact and Baler today.

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